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Virginia man buys 40 identical lottery tickets, wins $200,000 in Pick 4 game

Sep 27, 2021, 3:48 pm

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Virginia LotteryVirginia Lottery: Virginia man buys 40 identical lottery tickets, wins $200,000 in Pick 4 gameRating:

"I knew it was going to come. I just didn't know when."

By Kate Northrop

PETERSBURG, Va. — The odds of winning the top prize in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game are 1 in 10,000, and a Virginia man who bought 40 identical tickets for one drawing just knew he was going to beat those odds.

Michael Raines of Petersburg, Virginia, bought 40 tickets, all with the same numbers, for the Pick 4 night drawing on June 8 and ended up boosting a would-be $5,000 top prize to $200,000.

"I knew it was going to come," Raines told the Lottery. "I just didn't know when."

Beating the odds of 1 in 10,000 by matching all drawn numbers in exact order in Pick 4 will net a top prize of $5,000. With a play costing $1 each, Raines' $40 investment in that one particular drawing paid off handsomely.

"It's my time to shine!" Raines exclaimed when he claimed his prize.

The winner, who works as a dump truck operator, bought every ticket at Little Food Market on Halifax Street in Petersburg. He said that he chose the four numbers, 1-2-2-0, to commemorate the day his mother passed away.

"It's like she was looking out for me," he said.

Players who want to try their luck at Pick 4 can purchase a play for $1. Drawings take place twice a day at 1:59 pm and 11:00 pm EST.

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Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

RIP to his Mom!

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    Simpsonville
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    Man that was a nice win.  Yes, your Mom was looking down from Heaven!

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      1220 either Jan 2 2020 or 12/2020      21 months or 12 months he was into this number a long time. Basically one thousand a month. Still a profitable endeavour. Commitment and budget way to go!

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        1220 either Jan 2 2020 or 12/2020      21 months or 12 months he was into this number a long time. Basically one thousand a month. Still a profitable endeavour. Commitment and budget way to go!

        Am beat from Jury Duty, but my eyes read forty tickets bought on 8 JUN?

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          Am beat from Jury Duty, but my eyes read forty tickets bought on 8 JUN?

          What we don't know is if he played it 40 tickets midday and evening and for how long? We know he only played it straight. Maybe only evening. Either way it's showing a profit. Seems like a good strategy, now if only I can choose a number that will come out within the next two weeks

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            Exactly why i am going to god willing keep winning multi-x a year my fave game, the P4, yep.

             

            #SMARTHustler #SmartGambler i love doing this, and just waiting for my next, and i am good to go. He was so smart.

            i been waiting on this 1 here in NC, won it in California few x straight, in one drawing 1120 and 1021 and 1220. always.

             

             

            I am loving people who win the P4 game(s)i really do. He deserve this Real big jackpot, for him."

             

            Better odds, than rigged MB and or PB on any given day/night.  (Quoting dad.)Dance

             

            i am so happy he was so smart to keep it up.

             

            Love this so much, CONGRATS... Now be smart, make it last a long LONG time, invest $$$ Cheers

            love this story.

            G-night.

            Won(2020) $22,000. Let's Go NC! Time 2 break the bank, baby! 1034 1021 1061 1117

            0708 0806 2264 2446 2274 4764 4774 4662 4667 6035 6230 6231 6223 6442

            2660 2134 2143 2670 2680 4213 5593  7446 7447 7661 7664 7898 8307 8743 8486 9290 9470 9780

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              What we don't know is if he played it 40 tickets midday and evening and for how long? We know he only played it straight. Maybe only evening. Either way it's showing a profit. Seems like a good strategy, now if only I can choose a number that will come out within the next two weeks

              Like instructors used to say for a test...don't read into the question on an examination.   Article, which was well written said he bought forty tickets on 8 JUN and not for a many different days/different times of the day. 

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                Like instructors used to say for a test...don't read into the question on an examination.   Article, which was well written said he bought forty tickets on 8 JUN and not for a many different days/different times of the day. 

                Imagine if he bought 400 tickets?

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                  Like instructors used to say for a test...don't read into the question on an examination.   Article, which was well written said he bought forty tickets on 8 JUN and not for a many different days/different times of the day. 

                  Your missing the point The number he was playing was a date. The date of his mom's passing. The number 1220. Assuming it was in 2020, he had to have been playing it for a while. Congrats to him for his belief and persistence

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                    I'm a bit on the old side and memory is not what it used to be.  I seem to recall this multiple win thing is almost always in Virginia.  anyone else seen this in other states?

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                      Good for him.Hurray!

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                        1220 either Jan 2 2020 or 12/2020      21 months or 12 months he was into this number a long time. Basically one thousand a month. Still a profitable endeavour. Commitment and budget way to go!

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                          I'm a bit on the old side and memory is not what it used to be.  I seem to recall this multiple win thing is almost always in Virginia.  anyone else seen this in other states?

                          The same thing happens in other states, but some states (like Virginia) are better than others at making the news media aware of it when it happens.

                           

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                            Congrats Michael.... Thumbs Up..... You were due

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